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Best of 2019: A 1978 Plymouth Fury A38 With A Modified 440 Under The Hood


Best of 2019: A 1978 Plymouth Fury A38 With A Modified 440 Under The Hood

Before any one of you makes the comment, yes, I’d donate body parts to science for this car. Unhesitatingly. What is a 1978 Fury’s draw for me? Why is the prototypical 1970s blah-mobile so high on my “must have it” register? It boils down to three simple items:

  1. Last of the big-block B-bodies and last of the 440 cop specials.
  2. One of the most durable platforms I’ve ever bore witness to. I’ve seen the abuse one of these can take. It’s monumental.
  3. Not many are left because Hollywood tore through them like paper dolls.

You’d swear that most of these cars were destroyed by 1985, watching films from the 1970s onwards. The Dukes of Hazzard…Smokey and the Bandit…The Blues Brothers…these cars were destroyed wholesale. Can’t help history any, but I promise you that what was once unloved and worthless will find value eventually. This is a case in point. 

So, here’s the breakdown of what you are seeing. It’s a Fury A38 (police) with the E-86 option (440ci big-block). It’s a former unmarked Virginia State patrol unit that dead-nuts stock would be something to behold. Originally, this would be a 225 horsepower mill, but the engine was rebuilt to the specifications of the 1969 Super Commando…with some loose interpretations of the word “stock”. Bet your ass that there’s at least 400 horsepower somewhere under that mill and a wall of torque that can well overcome the 2.71 rear gear ratio out back with ease. Top end? You know the answer to that question. 

The outside view is one that is all but unfamiliar to anyone under the age of 35: a clean, non-abused 1970s Plymouth sedan. The paint color is stunning, a nice departure from the typical black-and-white and much nicer than any stock paint job would ever be. I could ramble on and on for days, but I’ll spare you. If this seller is half as accurate as his claims are, this is still one of the few 1978 Plymouth items that you should be hustling to put money down on.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to find a drool rag.

Craigslist Link: 1978 Plymouth Fury A38


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9 thoughts on “Best of 2019: A 1978 Plymouth Fury A38 With A Modified 440 Under The Hood

  1. C Bakker

    Had one of these back in the 80\’s. With the cop suspension and 440 there was a few mustangs and camaros that were more than a little surprised by that old pursuit car. The driveline ended up in an E-body that was a lot of fun as well.

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  2. C Bakker

    Had one of these back in the 80’s. With the cop suspension and 440 there was a few mustangs and camaros that were more than a little surprised by that old pursuit car. The driveline ended up in an E-body that was a lot of fun as well.

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  3. old guy

    Let’s see – woken up 440 – 2.71’s – I know I had a hemi charger pass
    me doing 140+ in 1971 – if the rest of the car can keep up this
    is a 150 or so tank – needs to go to a 2 mile run some where

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  4. William Mathieson

    Come see it at Facebook Vintage documented and reproduction police cars. I bought it and have replaced the floor pans and done some other odds and ends. She is a beautiful example of 70s rolling art.

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